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If you're looking to get your scare on, Southland theme parks are chock full of places to hang with things that go bump in the night.

KNOTT'S BERRY FARM

At the "Beowulf" maze at Knott's Berry Farm's Halloween Haunt, there's a room exquisitely decorated with hanging body parts.

"And it's around here where you'll find me, throwing an arm at you," said bloody-faced Robert Blick of San Bernardino, crouching in the shadows and dressed in leather armor.

This is the 35th incarnation of the Haunt, and visitors new and old will see several new mazes this year.

In addition to the Beowulf "Labyrinth of Darkness," there's also the Doll Factory, Pyromaniax, the Black Widow Cavern and Killer Klown Kollege -- all new for 2007. That's in addition to old favorites like the Lore of the Vampire, The Asylum and Red Beard's Revenge mazes, among others.

>Where: Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park

>When: Most nights through Oct. 31

>Cost: $46 presale, $51 day of the event

>Information: (714) 220-5000; www.halloweenhaunt.com

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

Halloween at Universal Studios could best be summed up by Freddy Krueger -- it's showtime.

Then again, it would have to be him, since Jason and Leatherface don't say much.

You can find all three of New Line Cinema's signature horror characters during Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, which continues select nights through Halloween (Oct. 31 for those who live in caves).

This year, Universal is going with a trio of mazes each featuring one of the New Line evil icons: Jason Voorhees ("Friday the 13th"), Freddy Krueger ("A Nightmare on Elm Street") and Leatherface ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre").

Each maze pays homage to vintage moments in each movie series, be it through the movie-set quality sets or memorable kills.

"We almost had to become experts in the films themselves, but we also went to the fansites," said creative director John Murdy. "We just looked at what the fans would really want to see. We didn't want to be arrogant and say, 'Let's create our own story."'

>Where: Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City

>When: Select nights through Oct. 31

>Cost: Tickets start at $51, $39 if purchased in advance

>Information: (818) 622-3801; www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood

DISNEYLAND AND CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

You can join Mickey, Donald, Goofy and a host of other Disney characters for a few nights of Halloweening that aren't going to give the kids nightmares.

The parks will be rich with seasonal decorations, including most of the rides and attractions. You'll also see the Haunted Mansion attraction transformed to accommodate the "Haunted Mansion Holiday," courtesy of Jack and the other happy denizens from "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

New to HalloweenTime this year is "Candy Corn Acres," a candy corn farm cultivated by Goofy in Sunshine Plaza. There are more than 6,000 pieces of candy featured. There are also various kinds of candy "fruit," such as pumpkins, grapes and coconuts.

Other highlights include the "Golden Screams Theater" and the Golden Screams awards ceremony. There, the audience actually votes for the Disney villains and decides which one wins the award for best scream. Families can also take advantage of HalloweenTreat, which lets children trick-or-treat throughout California Adventure.

For more information, you can check out Disneyland on the Web at . HalloweenTime runs until Oct. 31. A single-day ticket costs $66 for guests ages 8 and higher. You can also call .

>Where: Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, 1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim

>When: Through Oct. 31

>Cost: Included with regular park admission. $91 single-day park-hopper tickets for adults, $81 for ages 3-9

>Information: (714) 781-4565; www.disneyland.com

SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN

Starting today, Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest spans four weekends, featuring zombies that lumber throughout the park, a bevy of haunted mazes and the Globe of Death.

There are also plenty of rides in the dark such as Tatsu, Goliath, Scream, Viper and The Riddler's Revenge. Parkgoers also have the chance to hop on the Colossus roller coaster and ride it backwards.

For the kids, there's a craft area and costume contest in Bugs Bunny World.

This year's Fright Fest also will feature three new attractions: the Coffin of Fear, Wheel of Fright and the Heckles and Twitch Show. Heckles and Twitch are a pair of irreverent clowns whose use dark humor to captivate the audience.

>Where: Six Flags Magic Mountain, 6101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia

>When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Oct. 29-31

>Cost: $59.99 (buy online for $29.99); $29.99 for children under 48 inches

>Information: (661) 255-4111; www.sixflags.com/magicmountain

QUEEN MARY

As luck would have it, this is the 13th year of the Queen Mary transforming itself into a ship of doom for the Halloween masses.

In addition to checking out seven mazes, there are also plenty of chances to party. There's a huge dance party in the Coffin Club and an even bigger tri-level dance party in the Boiler Room Club. Live bands also will perform nightly in Purgatory Park.

New for this year are two mazes, the Manor of Mayhem and the Revenge of the Reaper. The mazes can be found either on the ship or on shore, with some of them taking advantage of the Queen Mary's multitude of corridors and hallways -- even restricted areas of the ship. There will be more than 400 oddballs and ghouls frightening guests on and around the ship.

>Where: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

>When: 7 p.m. to midnight (later some nights), tonight, Sunday and Oct. 12-13, 19-21, 26-28, 30 and 31

>Cost: $35 ($20 tonight and Sunday)

>Information: (562) 435-3511; www.queenmaryshipwreck.com

MORE TRICKS AND TREATS

Legoland and SeaWorld also are in the Halloween spirit with special events this month.

Brick-or-Treat returns for a ninth season to Legoland with all sorts of "ghoulish" fun, including daily costume contests, trick-or-treating and entertainment from the Boo Crew. Saturday hours have been expanded and the park will be open after dark.

Brick-or-Treat takes place Oct. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28. Tickets are $55 general, $44 for children 3-12 and seniors. Information: (760) 918-5346, www.legoland.com.

There also will be trick-or-treating at SeaWorld for kids 10 and younger who show up in costume Oct. 28 and 31.

Admission to SeaWorld is $57 general, $47 for children 3-9. Information: (800) 380-3203; www.seaworldsandiego.com

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